Ipswich Town Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsy hails coach, Premier League promotion

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 May 2024

Ipswich Town Egyptian midfielder and captain Sam Morsy hailed his team's significant achievement after sealing a historic promotion to the English Premier League, heaping praise on his coach Kieran McKenna for his role in the success.

Samy Sayed Morsy
Samy Sayed Morsy


The club's 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday secured their promotion to England's top flight after 22 years of absence, clinching the second automatic promotion spot from the Championship.

"It is unbelievable. To go back to back is incredible really. It is a special day for everyone involved and also for the fans. To have them (the fans) supporting a Premier League club again is what makes all the hard work and the sacrifice worth it,” the 32-year-old Morsy told BBC Radio Suffolk after the game.

"Early doors, I thought we'd have a chance, we had players playing really well and we’ve got one of the best managers around, full stop. When you’ve got that and you work really hard every day you have a chance – and we’ve kept going,” the Egyptian international who played the full game added.

Ipswich, last seen in the Premier League in 2002, finished as the runner-up behind Leicester with 96 points, capping off an impressive season.

Morsy played a vital role in Ipswich's campaign, featuring in 41 championship matches this season. He contributed two goals and six assists to the team's success.

The Egyptian player also highlighted the prominent role of the team coach Kieran McKenna who took charge of the team in December 2021 while being at mid-table in League One and cleverly managed to steer them to the top flight again with consecutive promotions.

"Undeniably, without him, we wouldn't have got promoted (this season), no doubt about that,” Morsy said about the coach

"When you’re in this environment, you haven’t got a choice other than to improve because if you don’t, you’re probably not going to stick around for that long. The challenge never stops," the Pharaohs player concluded.

Morsy's tale in England

Morsy joined Ipswich Town in August 2021 from Middlesbrough and was appointed as the club's captain a month later.

Born and raised in England, Morsy began his football journey at the youth academies of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Port Vale. He made his professional debut with Port Vale's senior team at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

In 2013, he signed a two-year contract with League Two club Chesterfield, where he showcased his skills in 117 appearances, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists.

In 2016, Morsy made a significant move to Wigan Athletic, where he became an integral part of the squad. During his time at Wigan, he featured in 164 games across all competitions, netting nine goals and contributing eight assists.

In September 2020, Morsy joined Middlesbrough in the Championship, playing 36 games and providing five assists before his transfer to Ipswich Town.

Morsy's Premier League promotion marks a milestone for Egyptian players in the competition, as he becomes the 13th Egyptian to grace the league.

This prestigious list includes renowned names such as Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ramadan Sobhi, Ahmed Hegazi, Hossam Ghaly, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Shawky, Ahmed Fathi, and Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy.

Having represented the Egyptian national team nine times in November 2023, Morsy's outstanding performance and promotion to the Premier League could earn him a call-up under the guidance of Pharaohs' coach Hossam Hassan.

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